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Appeals court: most lower Michigan gyms, fitness center remain closed

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — A federal appeals court late Wednesday halted a lower judge’s ruling and kept closed gyms and fitness centers that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered shut months ago to curb the coronavirus. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 3-0 ...

Michigan to resolve claims

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan said it will soon resolve unemployment claims for about 11,800 people who filed before May. The Unemployment Insurance Agency said Tuesday its goal is to clear a backlog that resulted from the coronavirus pandemic and make a determination on older ...

Artists paint Black Lives Matter murals in Battle Creek

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A festival in southwest Michigan has organized a Black Lives Matter mural project to ignite the community’s creative spirit in support of social justice. Color the Creek, Michigan’s First Street Art Festival since 2016, is an event in Battle Creek capped with ...

Republicans propose $1.3B plan to help schools reopen

LANSING (AP) — Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature on Tuesday proposed a $1.3 billion plan to help K-12 schools reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, saying districts should have flexibility to start when they want and to offer remote instruction as an alternative if ...

PGA event to help Detroiters access tech resources

DETROIT (AP) — Access to technology, and internet and digital literacy resources in Detroit are expected to increase through investments made from an annual golf event. The Connect 313 Fund will focus on collecting accurate neighborhood-level data on technology and internet access, building ...

Benson: Voters need clear choices of how to vote in pandemic

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s chief election officer said she is cautiously optimistic about preparations for the 2020 elections amid the coronavirus outbreak, emphasizing the state can avoid failures seen elsewhere by giving people clear choices of how to vote absentee or in person. Secretary ...

James stops at farm to resume in-person campaign for Senate

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press HANOVER TOWNSHIP — U.S. Senate candidate John James began an in-person tour of Michigan Monday, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, visiting a Jackson County farm to criticize what he called the over-regulation and over-taxation of farmers. The ...

Lawsuit: Teen screamed ‘I can’t breathe’ during restraint

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A civil lawsuit filed Monday following the death of a 16-year-old in a Michigan youth facility says he screamed “I can’t breathe” as at least one staff member placed their weight on the Black teen’s chest for nearly 10 minutes. The lawsuit filed in ...

Teen found in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Michigan man was arrested and a 15-year-old girl who had been reported missing was found after a Nebraska State Patrol chase on Interstate 80 over the weekend. Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas said the chase started Saturday afternoon when a driver hit a patrol car that ...

Michigan man wins, again

SOUTH ROCKWOOD, Mich. (AP) — How does he do it? For the second time, a southeastern Michigan man has won a $4 million lottery game, officials said Monday. Mark Clark of South Rockwood scratched a ticket with a coin that was given to him by his late father about 10 years ago. They often ...

Elk Rapids craft brewery uses seaplane to make beer delivery

By ANDREW ROSENTHAL Traverse City Record-Eagle An AP Member Exchange TORCH LAKE — Look, up in the sky. It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Joe Short and Aquabear. That's right. Short's, the popular northern Michigan craft brewery based out of Elk Rapids, delivered six crates of beer ...

Detroit area social workers step up to help during pandemic

By GREGG KRUPA The Detroit News An AP Member Exchange DETROIT — When Amanda Stein heard the schools were shutting down as the coronavirus spread, she set up a food pantry in Madison Heights. Three months later, it serves 1,000 people a week. “When the schools closed, I had an idea ...

Marine unit finds body in river

ROYALTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A body has been recovered from a river in southwestern Michigan two days after a 45-year-old man was reported missing while rescuing a juvenile who was struggling in the water. Members of the Berrien County marine unit found the apparent drowning victim ...

1 slain, 11 others wounded in 7 shootings in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — One man has been killed and 11 other people wounded in seven separate shootings in Detroit over about an eight-hour span. A 35-year-old man was found shot about 6 a.m. Sunday on Detroit’s east side, police said. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Two men — ages 46 and ...

Man charged in fatal fire deaths

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — A man was charged Thursday with involuntary manslaughter in a house fire that killed his wife and three children in western Michigan. Robert Scales, 38, has said he was at work when the fire occurred in Grand Rapids in February. Kent County prosecutor Chris Becker ...

Woman charged in dog’s killing

DETROIT (AP) — A 28-year-old Detroit-area woman has been charged after vehicle battery jumper cables were used to hang her mother's pet dog. The Wayne County prosecutor's office says Shavon Lewis-Roby was arraigned Thursday in Detroit's 36th District Court on a charge of second-degree animal ...

New solo version of Aretha song about race, faith released

NEW YORK (AP) — A never-before-heard solo version of the late Aretha Franklin’s riveting and powerful collaboration with Mary J. Blige about faith and race, 2006’s “Never Gonna Break My Faith,” has arrived on Juneteenth. Sony’s RCA Records, RCA Inspiration and Legacy Recordings ...

Foes of new Detroit-Canada bridge lose key court decision

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan appeals court ruled in favor of the state Thursday in a challenge to a second bridge being built between Detroit and Canada. Companies controlled by the Moroun family, owners of the Ambassador Bridge, sued over the condemnation of land to make room for the Gordie ...

Teen’s death prompts facility’s loss of contract, license

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Prompted by the death of a teen who was wrongly restrained by staff, a Michigan facility for teenagers with behavioral problems on Thursday lost its contract with the state to care for youth in the state’s foster care and juvenile justice systems and its license to ...

Whitmer extends coronavirus emergency through July 16

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday extended Michigan's coronavirus emergency declaration through July 16, enabling her to keep intact certain business closures, longer unemployment benefits and other changes after she previously lifted a stay-at-home order. The Democratic ...